San Marcos, CA - Copper Mountain College participated in their first-ever volleyball game in school history as they traveled to Palomar College to take on the Comets. Palomar won the match 3-0 as their consistent attack proved too much for the Cacti in the end. The Cacti showed tremendous fight at times. In game one after, trailing by 10 points, the Cacti mounted a run behind the serving of Lyric Oliveros-Levine closing the gap to 23-17 before Palomar closed it out. Game 2 saw Palomar in control the whole way as they took it 25-8. The Cacti showed they had no quit as they stormed out in game 3 to take a 4-0 lead behind two big blocks from Chelsea LeBoutillier. Palomar eventually won the game and match to end the Cacti's historic night.
There were many positives to build on as the Cacti move forward in the season. Annie Hilderbrand led the way with 5 assists in the match and Chelsea LeBoutillier led the team with 11 digs. After the game, Palomar and CMC took a group photo to commemorate the event. The Fighting Cacti will travel to Santiago Canyon on Wednesday, Sept. 1 and then they will travel to Santa Monica to participate in the Santa Monica Quad on Saturday, September 4. They will have their first home match On September 7 as Compton College comes to town.